AmirRezaei_SelectedPLEA, or “Passive and Low Energy Architecture,” is a worldwide organization committed to the development, documentation and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design.

This week, the world’s foremost experts in art, science, planning and design in the built environment will convene in Los Angeles to discuss trends, research, and new developments in creating a highly sustainable planet.  This is the first time since 1981 that the United States has hosted a PLEA conference.

The theme of PLEA 2016 is Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments and will explore the interactions between people and buildings to achieve livable, regenerative environments at multiple scales. Given that we at PLEA value both research and practice, each track will strive to combine exemplary case-studies and research papers.

MKK is excited to announce that Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei, a High Performance Design Specialist with our Innovation Lab, will be speaking at the PLEA conference this year.  Amir will be presenting his co-authored paper, “Design Optimization For Energy-Efficient Skylit Office Spaces,” on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 4pm Pacific Local Time. This presentation is part of the Strategies, Tools and Simulation Methods track, focusing on advances in computing power and software development that have made performance analysis tools widely available.  The track also explores measurement and performance in all areas and scales including energy, transportation, and daylight.

As a High Performance Design Specialist, Amir specializes in whole building energy simulation and optimization techniques for reduction of energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings. His professional goal is to design high performance buildings for greater sustainability and to help clients make informed decisions through comprehensive analysis of the building energy use at early stages of design and construction.